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“To Kill a Mockingbird” Opens at IRT, Jan. 29, 2016

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 29 to Feb. 28, 2016. Photo credit: Zach Rosing. Provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird comes to life on the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) OneAmerica Mainstage on January 29 through February 28, 2016. The production follows the Finch siblings as they learn about the realities of a divided world through the eyes of a much older Scout, seen narrating throughout the play.

Janet Allen, Director of To Kill A Mockingbird and IRT’s Executive Artistic Director & CEO, notes that the production comes to stage once again because its message continues to deeply resonate with audiences.

Although To Kill A Mockingbird has appeared on stage three times in the last 25 years, an adaptation by Christopher Sergel paired with a talented design team infuse this production with a renewed vision.

Original music accompaniment by Tim Grimm (Heck Tate) and Christopher Walz (Arthur “Boo” Radley & Judge Taylor) weaves throughout the production by way of slide guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin.

“There was a moment in the 1930’s where Americana, Country and Gospel music had a very rich time,” said Grimm. “We’re honing in so that music becomes a character of its own.”

Set designer Bill Clarke creates iconic images, such as Boo Radley’s home and the oak tree where Scout discovers treasures. Uniquely, both set pieces are created through the eyes of children and appear much larger –or scarier—than they might actually have been.

To Kill A Mockingbird asks us to examine the consciences and provides huge opportunities for difficult conversations to take place,” said Allen. “We hope it gives younger generations a searing and reverberating understanding of what was, because too much of it still is, while allowing older generations to re-experience something that has touched us so deeply.”

THE DETAILS

WHAT:
To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel

WHERE:
Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

WHEN:
January 29 – February 28, 2016

COST:
Adults $25-$59 & Students $20

AGES:
Recommended for grades 7-12 and up due to strong language and mature themes

THE CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM

Ryan Artzberger | Atticus Finch

James Solomon Benn | Reverend Sykes

Lauren Briggeman | Jean Louise Finch

Shawnte Gaston | Helen Robinson

Charles Goad | Walter Cunningham & Mr. Gilmer

Laurel Goetzinger | Mrs. Dubose & Stephanie Crawford

Tim Grimm | Heck Tate

Paula Hopkins | Scout Finch

Jan Lucas | Maudie Atkinson

Daniela A. Martin | Tom Robinson

Grayson Molin | Jem Finch

Robert Neal | Bob Ewell

Katherine Shelton | Mayella Ewell

Christopher Walz | Arthur (Boo) Radley & Judge Taylor

Mitchell Wray | Dill

Milicent Wright | Calpurnia

Janet Allen| Director

Bill Clarke| Scenic Designer

Linda Pisano | Costume Designer

Betsy Cooprider-Bernstein| Lighting Designer

Todd Reischman| Sound Designer

Tim Grimm| Composer
SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, January 29 at 7 PM

Opening Night Celebration | Join us for appetizers and a champagne toast with the cast after the production.

Saturday, January 30 @ 6 PM

Post-Show Discussion | Awkward Conversations with Malina Jeffers

Saturday, February 20

Dinner and a Show | Dinner hand-selected by The Oceanaire’s master chef and a performance of To Kill A Mockingbird is only $75 per person with our dinner and a show promotion. To book your tickets contact the ticket office at 317-635-5252.

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

There will be a post-show discussion after every performance

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7PM

Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2PM

Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 6PM

Friday, February 05, 2016 at 7PM

Saturday, February 06, 2016 at 2PM

Saturday, February 06, 2016 at 6PM

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7PM

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 3PM

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7PM

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2PM

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 6PM

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2PM *ASL/AD

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 6PM

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7PM

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 3PM

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7PM

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2PM

For more information, visit http://irtlive.com/ or call 317-635-5252.

Photo credits: Zach Rosing. Provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

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